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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00007L6HX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Down with Wilco, while a stellar album in its own right, also sounds like a creative counterpart to Wilco's warped and wonderful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It makes sense, since all four current members of Wilco contribute, and Down with Wilco was recorded around the same time (and was met with the same resistance from the music industry) as Foxtrot. This one is tighter and more conventional, as songs like "Where Will You Go?" and "The Family Gardener" threaten to fly off into space but never actually do. Of course, it also features Scott McCaughey (of Young Fresh Fellows) and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and the playful feel of past Minus 5 efforts such as Old Liquidator. The group's strange yet familiar cacophonies borrow the best parts of Beach Boys and Beatles. Credit Minus 5 with another lovely genre-bending collection. --Matthew Cooke

Customer Reviews

What is fun about this album is that at times it is a bit ridiculous but quite catchy.
"sbrooks76"
Being a longtime fan of Wilco, but not knowing much about the Minus 5, I was intrigued with this release by the combined band members.
Scott Wejmar
I definetly recommend this album to anyone who likes Wilco, The Thrills, or anything of that type of music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hewitt on February 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my first experience with Minus 5, and I'm not exactly sure what I came expecting. I was attracted to it by a description I'd read elsewhere of this CD's "lush, orchestral country-rock tunes." There's certainly a lush sound here, and a lot of orchestral touches, but I don't hear so much of the country-rock (or alt-country, etc.) sound as echoes of the Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles sound. Anyone who liked Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" will certainly feel right at home with this CD. Scott McCaughey does most of the vocals, with Jeff Tweedy doing the honors on "The Family Gardener." All of the tunes are pleasant and very listenable, but overall the entire set is much more subdued and low-key where I had hopes of more up tempo jangly guitar. As is, "Down With Wilco" is a pleasant surprise. Not what I expected, but a good performace in it's own right.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roy Pearl on March 27, 2003
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Using "Pet Sounds" and "Summerteeth" as sonic templates, this latest assemblage of the Minus 5 has constructed a monument to baroque pop. Every melody is adorned with all the bells and whistles a modern recording studio could offer. And really, I do mean bells and whistles, as well as tambourines, shakers, Moroccan horns, kalimbas, marimbas, and crotales (no idea what that last thingee is, but it's right there in the liner notes). In short, "Down With Wilco" is 13 melancholy pop songs hung with enough audio ornaments to either rule your world or leave you cold, depending entirely on your predisposition towards ostentation. It helps that Minus 5 mainmen Scott McCaughey (the Young Fresh Fellows) and Peter Buck (REM) have surrounded themselves with "A" level talent like Ken Stringfellow (the Posies), Sean O'Hagan (the High Llamas), and the members of Wilco (Wilc... er, nevermind), and if that doesn't account for a "supergroup" then I'll torch my Blind Faith dog collar.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "sbrooks76" on March 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It seems that if a band today sounds like another band they can be dismissed. This is a philosophy for elitists and shut-ins! This album is good. Sure they are emulating the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but it is quite obvious as the lyrics are at times and self-mocking in acknowledgment. This album has a lot more than borrowed styles. The melodies are catchy, along with the lyrics. Despite its almost simultaneous recording with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Down With Wilco is quite different. Some of the songs recall each other, but that is because they are very good songs.
What is fun about this album is that at times it is a bit ridiculous but quite catchy. Its quirkiness is resilient and keeps you coming back for more to grasp and relive those awkward moments. This album good, buy now..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Gaines VINE VOICE on February 27, 2003
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Think Beatles period Revolver, Kinks period Village Green Preservation Society and any period of XTC, throw them all together and you've got the new Minus 5 CD. Borrowing heavely from these past influences and coming up with something completely original and inovative, Scott McCaughey along with Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Ken Stringfellow,(Wilco) and Sean O'Hagan (High Lamas) have struck gold. Expansive, melodicly explosive and ever so seductive, "Down With Wilco" will be a disc you'll return to for that "Fix" of nostalgically induced brillance. Highly Recommended!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John J Turner on February 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
To be honest,i don't know anything about minus 5,so i bought this album on the back of wilco's contribution. Wilco fans will love it, it has the poppy feel of summerteeth mixed with their 'new sound' of YHF. Jeff Tweedy only gets lead vocals on one track, 'the family gardiner' but it definitely feels like a wilco album.Plus you get the added bonus of scott mccaughey and co. taking up where pink floyd and the beatles left off. so the bottom line is,if you're a wilco fan buy it
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel C. Bottorff on March 17, 2005
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This album didn't give it all up on the first few listens. I got if about six months ago (on the same day I bought Wilco's A Ghost is Born, which I am pretty disapointed in overall), and as often happens with some of my favorite albums, it wasn't until later that I popped it in and couldn't take it out of the CD player. Just listening to it once or twice is not enough to "get it." Fun lyrics trapped in sad songs, and sad lyrics wrapped in poppy gems.

Not for those that want an easy listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Jaycox on April 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was attracted to this album by a love of all things Jeff Tweedy, and I wasn't at all disappointed.
On my first listen I was a little upset by the lack of Jeff Tweedy vocals, but I have found Scott's voice to be strangely soothing after a while.
Try "Retrieval of You" and "The Town That Lost Its Groove Supply" along with "What I Don't Believe" for a smattering of the styles on this album.
Don't look for a Wilco record here, look for an enjoyable pop record that is so far the best release of 2003 (with the Wrens' Meadowlands a close second).
I like Wilco, and I enjoyed this record. Plus the cool red-colord plastic casing will blow your mind for about 5 seconds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Kulcher on July 15, 2003
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Pop Kulcher Review: Down With Wilco is one of those rare casual side projects that, however noncommital it may be, nonetheless succeeds as nothing less than a good, solid album. Young Fresh Fellows frontman Scott McCaughey has turned his one-time sideline into a full-time operation, teaming with other indie rock stalwarts (members of the Posies and the High Llamas, not to mention R.E.M.'s Peter Buck) to issue consistently strong albums under the Minus 5 moniker. This time they team with the boys from Wilco (hence the name) for an album that combines the serious, well-orchestrated arty pop of Wilco's last two albums (albeit without the more experimental overtones of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) with McCaughey's more lighthearted, smart-aleck sentiments. Wilco's musical contribution is obvious, though it's McCaughey's amusing lyrics that hold your interest. Jeff Tweedy lends vocals to a couple tracks, but the real winners here are the romping "I'm Not Bitter" and the chipper "Dear Employer (The Reason I Quit)," among others. The album neither seeks nor achieves greatness, but for light, entertaining pop-rock, you can't ask for much more.
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